Automated systems have improved safety and efficiency in transportation, agriculture, mining, earth /space exploration, weaponry, surgery, laboratory research, and the mass production of consumer and industrial goods. With the constant influx of new technology, industry depends on specialized technicians to keep robotic systems effective and running.
To prepare you for employment in this high-tech world, Lake Area has invested in a new Robotics lab and the latest equipment. You can expect active, hands-on learning, as well as plenty of close interaction with live industry.
Just six months after graduation, Electronics/Robotics grads are averaging $27.24 an hour! Read more in our latest Electronics/Robotics Placement Report.
Biomedical Technician – Third-Year Option
Lake Area Technical College has recognized a distinct demand for skilled technicians in the biomedical equipment field. As the healthcare field has become more advanced and technical, there is a considerable need for technicians who are trained to diagnose, troubleshoot, and repair biomedical equipment issues in an efficient manner. In facilities such as small clinics or hospitals, that one piece of medical equipment that fails could be the only one of its kind in the facility. For the health and safety of patients, highly trained biomedical technicians are needed to make the repairs as quickly and efficiently as possible.
To help meet this demand, Lake Area Technical College is now offering a third-year Biomedical Technician option for Lake Area Technical College graduates of all healthcare programs. For the healthcare program graduates, the 11-month option covers two semesters and one summer session, in which an internship will be completed. Healthcare graduates will receive an additional biomedical endorsement. For Robotics and Electronic Systems Technology program graduates, only one additional semester is required. Graduates will be proficient in installing biomedical equipment, completing testing steps to ensure it operates properly, performing preventative maintenance procedures, and repairing the equipment if it fails.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, the average annual wage for medical equipment repair technicians was $48,820 in May 2017. It is also projected that placement in this field will grow through 2026 due to our aging population and retiring technicians. Biomedical Technicians work in clinics, hospitals, equipment manufacturing facilities, and for companies that rent/lease the biomedical equipment.